Chance of showers or flurries this Halloween

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Meteorologists with The Weather Network are calling for a fairly decent weekend ahead of Halloween, but that trick-or-treaters may have to bundle up next Tuesday.Meteorologist Dayna Vettese said that the forecast for the Fort St. John and surrounding area is calling for a decent weekend, with no precipitation expected. She said that area residents heading out to Halloween parties this weekend will likely need a sweater getting to and from any events.On Tuesday, Vettese said daytime highs will be hovering around the 5 degree area, and will dropping to around the freezing mark by the time trick-or-treaters begin making the rounds. She added that there is a chance of an isolated shower or flurry during the later hours of the evening.- Advertisement -Looking further ahead Vettese said that the weather pattern is expected to change, with a big drop in temperatures during the first week of November. She explained that a mass of cold air is expected to move down from the Arctic, extending from Northern B.C. through to southern Manitoba. That cold air will bring daytime highs closer to -5 degrees, with colder temperatures at night and a risk of more flurries.Vettese added that this weekend will likely be the last chance of above freezing temperatures for at least the next few weeks.last_img read more

10 Mobile BI Strategy Questions: Business Processes

first_imgWhen developing a mobile business intelligence (BI) strategy, you can’t ignore the role that business processes may play. In many cases, the introduction of BI content into the portfolio of mobile BI assets provides opportunities to not only eliminate the gaps in your business operations, but to improve the existing processes.Often, the impact is seen in two main ways. First, the current business processes may require you to change your mobile BI approach. Second, the mobile BI solution may highlight gaps that may require a redesign of your business processes to improve your mobile BI assets and your business operations.Business Processes Will Influence Your Mobile BI DesignExisting business processes will have a direct impact on the design of your mobile BI solution. I’m often amazed to discover that the lack of consideration given to identifying business processes stems not from a lack of insight but from wrong assumptions that are made during the requirements and design phases.It’s true that the business processes may not be impacted if the scope of your mobile BI engagement is limited to mobilizing an existing BI asset (like a report or dashboard) without making any changes to the original end-product, including all underlying logic. But in many cases, the opposite is true—the mobile BI end product may be the driver for change, including the update of the existing BI asset as a result of a mobile BI design.Mobile solutions may require different assumptions in many aspects of their design, which range from source data updates to report layout and logic. Advanced capabilities, such as a write-back option, will further complicate things because the integration systems outside the BI platform will require closer scrutiny and a much closer alignment with business processes.Moreover, constraints that surround source data will have a direct influence on the mobile BI design. For example, if you’re dependent on feeds from external data sources, you may need to consider an additional buffer to take into account possible delays or errors in the data feed. Or, perhaps you have a new application that was just built to collect manually-entered data from field operations. If this new application was introduced as part of your mobile BI solution, the process that governs this data collection system will have a direct impact on your design because of its immediate availability. This wouldn’t have been as important before as an operational tool with a limited audience without mobile BI.Mobile BI Solution May Drive Improvements in Your Business OperationsAs part of designing your strategy or developing your mobile BI solution, you may discover either gaps or areas for improvement. Don’t worry. This is a known side effect, and it’s often considered a welcome gift because it gives you a chance to kill two birds with one stone: improve your business operations and increase the value of your mobile BI solution. However, it’s critical here to ensure that your team stays focused on the end goal of delivering on time and on schedule (unless the gaps turn out to be major showstoppers).Typical examples are found in the areas of data quality and business rules. The design of a mobile BI asset—especially if it’s new—may highlight new or known data-quality issues. The visibility factor may be different with mobile. Adoption or visibility by executives often may force additional scrutiny. Moreover, adoption rates (ratio of actual users divided by total users of mobile solutions) may be higher because of the availability and convenience with mobile. As a result, mobile users may be less tolerant about the lack of quality assurance (QA) steps.Business rules offer another example due to the same visibility factor. A proposed change in a business rule or process, which previously failed to get attention due to lack of support, may now have more backers when it’s associated with a mobile BI solution. Strong executive sponsorship may influence the outcome.Bottom Line: Do Not Ignore Business ProcessesIt’s easy to make the wrong assumptions when it comes to business processes. It happens not just in mobile BI but in other technology projects. You cannot take existing processes for granted. What may have worked before may not work for mobile BI. Let your business processes complement your overall mobile BI strategy, and let your mobile BI engagement become a conduit for opportunities to improve your operational efficiencies.Not only will these opportunities improve your business operations, but they will lead to increased adoption by increasing the trust your customers/users have in your mobile BI content.What do you see as the biggest challenge when it comes to business processes in your mobile BI strategy?Stay tuned for my next blog in the Mobile BI Strategy seriesConnect with me on Twitter at @KaanTurnaliOpens in a new window and LinkedInOpens in a new window.This story originally appeared on the SAP Analytics BlogOpens in a new window.last_img read more

ACC might be revived, says BCCI chief Dalmiya

first_imgQuite like the teasers that are these days released before the actual films, BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya said on Thursday that the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) might be “revived”, just two days after the body’s last AGM.The ACC – launched more than 31 years ago in the presence of Dalmiya in New Delhi – formally folds up, but its development manager/officers will continue to work from the ICC headquarters in Dubai. When asked about his memories, Dalmiya, 75, said although he has “sweet memories” of his association with the ACC, he does not completely rule out the revival of the body. Looking at his track record, Dalmiya’s words can be brushed aside. “I have sweet memories of the ACC. I will cherish them,” Dalmiya told MAIL TODAY. “As far as the future is concerned, who knows we might ‘revive’ the memories.” Asked if by reviving the memories he actually meant reviving the ACC, Dalmiya said: “It may be revived, who knows. But [it remains to be seen] which way it may come [back], which shape it might take.One can only say that we will have to wait and see for another one year, two years or four years…who knows.” It is not far to seek the probable reasons for Dalmiya’s optimism. It was ICC chairman N. Srinivasan, a former ACC president and till now chairman of its finance and marketing committee, who apparently wanted the ACC to merge with the ICC. His ICC tenure ends in June/July 2016.advertisement But new BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur has said that the Board would review his continuation as India’s nominee for the ICC at the AGM in September.  If the BCCI replaces Srinivasan, the new BCCI nominee might have a different take on the Asian body, and as Dalmiya said, it could well be revived. Outgoing ACC CEO Syed Ashraful Huq outlined another negative side of folding up the continental body – its incomplete ‘Project China’. “My only regret is that I could not see through the China project. I thought China had the potential [to make it big], if we had stuck to it, we could get a great cricketing nation. But the people in power did not want it to be encouraged,” Huq told MAIL TODAY. Asked about the person, Huq said: “Mr. Srinivasan didn’t like encouraging China, it seems. He was the ACC president [201214]…he didn’t really encourage.Even before that [as ACC’s finance committee chairman in 2011] he didn’t see any purpose of us going so much ahead in China. [He said] it was not worth it.” Srinivasan remained finance committee chairman till ACC’s very end. Huq said the funding as well as assistance by way of sending coaches/equipment to China has been much reduced. Huq pointed out that ex-ICC president Sharad Pawar and its principal advisor I.S. Bindra supported the China and USA projects. “Mr. Bindra was very impressed with the progress and the work we had done,” he said, particularly praising Chinese women’s team for making rapid progress. “We had gone full steam ahead at that time, but then things changed.”last_img read more

AIFF must play bigger role for Indian football’s progress, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgFormer India captain and Atletico de Kolkata (ATK) co-owner Sourav Ganguly said on Wednesday that the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has to play a bigger role in taking the game forward in the country.Though the Indian Super League (ISL) took the country by storm in its first season, the national team (ranked 141) went down 1-2 against Guam, ranked 33 places below them in the rankings, in their 2018 World Cup qualifying round group match last month.”Success of any sport nationally, internationally depends on infrastructure of the entire system, ISL is for two months and it is slowly improving the infrastructure but I believe that the AIFF has to play a bigger role if football in India has to go forward,” Ganguly told reporters here after unveiling ATK’s jersey for the second season.The former left-hand batsman, who incidentally also has his birthday on Wednesday, was greeted with the “Happy Birthday” song upon his arrival.”ISL needs AIFF’s support, it cannot be the other way round. Like in cricket the BCCI supports the IPL and BCCI is the body which runs cricket in India and sees the domestic structure too,” he said.Ganguly also believes the standard of football in the country has not improved at all in the last few years.”I think the AIFF has to play an important role, the time here is very difficult, ISL has just happened but the overall standard has not improved for the last few years but we have to try and build infrastructure,” he said.advertisementGanguly added the league provides a great platform for the players.”ISL only started last year and it is a great platform for the Indian players and us to be a part of it,” he said.The 43-year-old also welcomed the transformation from artificial turf to natural grass at the Salt Lake stadium stating it will be an advantage for ATK, who will play their home matches there. ATK will conduct their pre-season training at the newly-laid ground in August, he said.”It will be an advantage, we had a lot of injuries last year so I believe it will be easier to play on it this time,” he said.last_img read more

16 days agoHearts manager Levein delighted with Man City winger Ryotaro Meshino

first_imgHearts manager Levein delighted with Man City winger Ryotaro Meshinoby Paul Vegas16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City winger Ryotaro Meshino is impressing on-loan at Hearts.Jambos boss Craig Levein says Meshino has been influential in the dressing room despite the many learning curves he is undertaking.“He isn’t fluent in English but he is taking lessons three times a week and that has improved,” Levein told The Scotsman.“The boys are teaching him a few words in the dressing room that maybe they shouldn’t be teaching him but he is a bubbly wee character. I think that will help him.“This is a fair change in culture, it’s a fair distance away from his home, it’s a different language. “Most foreign players who come to the UK, particularly from Japan, are very unlikely to be speaking fluent English. He’s got that to contend with, plus the football and the weather. He has been more to forefront in the dressing room that I would have thought.” TagsLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Feds to forgo 140 million in booked savings as they try to

first_imgOTTAWA – Federal civil servants will be reimbursed for hiring tax accountants to sort through their pay problems and departments will be allowed to re-hire laid-off payroll employees, the federal government said Thursday as it tried to bail out its sinking Phoenix pay system.A high-powered cabinet committee is also being created to fix the pay process, although a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office didn’t provide a deadline for achieving that goal.In announcing the measures, the government acknowledged it will have to forgo $140 million dollars it expected to save over the next two years from implementing the new electronic payroll system — and that it could take that long to finally resolve all of the pay issues.A cabinet working group, led by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, will work to bring Phoenix to a so-called “steady state,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement.The group includes Finance Minister Bill Morneau, Treasury Board President Scott Brison, Ottawa-area MP and Environment Minister Catherine McKenna and Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, who is also currently the acting minister of Public Services and Procurement.“This working group will bolster the actions we have already taken and ensure that we fulfil our commitment to the public service to fix the issues that have impacted employees,” Trudeau said in his statement.As tens of thousands of improperly paid civil servants face a tax filing deadline this weekend, they are being assured that any costs they incur as a result of pay issues will be covered.“Employees who encountered Phoenix pay issues may seek up to $200 in reimbursement for tax advisory services in relation to their 2016 or 2017 income taxes,” the Treasury Board Secretariat said.That amount could go higher if government workers can provide receipts for tax services in excess of $200, a government source said.The government began sending income tax slips to its over 290,000 employees across 98 federal organizations in the last month.But as many as 50,000 of those tax slips had to be reissued for 2016 because of Phoenix-related problems.The pay problems began shortly after the new system was launched nearly 15 months ago, initially affecting 82,000 civil servants who were either underpaid, overpaid or not paid at all — in some cases for months.But as of April 5, the department overseeing the pay system said pay transactions still needing to be processed stagnated at 284,000 from the previous month, with no end in sight to the problems.Trudeau has acknowledged the hardship faced by many civil servants, but, until recently, has accused the previous Conservative government of setting the pay modernization program up to fail by cutting corners on training and eliminating payroll system jobs.The Conservatives have fired back, saying the Liberal government could have delayed bringing Phoenix online when problems were initially detected.“The Liberals launched Phoenix knowing that it wasn’t ready and now it’s going to cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to fix their mistakes,” said Kelly McCauley, the Conservative deputy critic for Public Services and Procurement.“It’s been over a year and the prime minister’s only solution is a ministerial discussion group. Employees who are on the verge of losing their homes, being forced to postpone their educations, or going into debt because they are not being paid properly cannot wait two more years.”Unions representing federal workers applauded Thursday’s announcements, but remained skeptical of an early solution to the debacle.“It demonstrates the prime minister is finally taking this seriously,” said Debi Daviau, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, which represents about 50,000 scientists and other professionals employed by Ottawa.Daviau said she hoped departments would use the reallocated $140 million to hire not only pay system advisers, but also the IT professionals needed to back up government pay and other computerized systems.Under the government’s plan, money that had originally been earmarked as savings from Phoenix will be diverted to departments. Officials in those departments can use the funds to cover pay system-related costs, which could include hiring more staff.But the government may have a hard time finding qualified payroll system employees to hire, should departments decide to go that route, said Robyn Benson, national president of the Public Service Alliance of Canada.Last summer, when the problems with Phoenix were escalating, the government issued a call to retired and laid-off pay system employees to come back to work temporarily at the federal pay centre in Miramichi, N.B., or at one of five satellite offices set up across the country.Some returned to their old jobs, but many had already found other employment or decided to not go back.“I’m not so sure that there’s many more that are going to come back,” said Benson.— Follow @tpedwell on Twitterlast_img read more

As Canada ages elderly women confront challenges of going it alone

first_imgTORONTO – At age 80, Ada Garrison finds herself at a new beginning.A host of new friends, activities and challenges abound since a health scare prompted her to move into a retirement home in downtown Toronto.Six months ago she had been living alone in a two-bedroom apartment. Her 54-year-old daughter and grandson were in the unit below but she saw them rarely, as was the case with her two sons, one of whom lives in New York.“I felt isolated,” Garrison admits of that time. “My kids were real busy and I could hear them; that was lovely, but the social time with them was skimpy.”Meanwhile, her own circle of friends was dwindling.“About half of them have died and that’s another reason that I felt blue. I was trying to make some younger friends, but people are swamped with work and there’s not a lot of leisure time.”The sociable grandmother moved to a retirement home where she now finds herself “cheek by jowl” with other seniors in an atmosphere she likens to living in a college dormitory. She takes classes and goes on group outings.Her new daily imperative: make new friends and live life to the fullest.Garrison is part of a growing group of single senior Canadian women who are redefining what it means to age alone. Their ranks are swelling, according to the latest tranche of data from the 2016 census, released Wednesday by Statistics Canada.The number of elderly Canadians is soaring — a 19.4 per cent increase among those 85 and older between 2011 and 2016. Since people are living longer and women tend to outlive men, females have long had to cope with standing alone as they grew old.Among Canadians aged 85 and older, there were nearly two women for every man in 2016, Statistics Canada found last year. For centenarians, whose ranks grew at a staggering rate of 41.3 per cent, the ratio was was five to one.Some are widowed or divorced; others never married. Many have children, but they live far away amid housing and employment pressures. Some liken becoming a single senior to reinventing themselves entirely.“There is a lot of reinvention because you’ve got another 30 to 35 years of life and why do what you’ve done before?” says 68-year-old Adina Lebo, who never married and lives alone in Toronto but finds support from a tight circle of female friends.“Some of my friends started little businesses, like dog walking, or they took their mum’s cookie recipe and started making cookies and selling them at the local bakery and local fairs. Other people have gone into business with Airbnb and turned their home into a revenue-producing (business).”Leslie Brodbeck, 71, says she found “a new confidence” after her husband died suddenly of brain cancer in 2008.“I went to the bank, for instance … and negotiated a bridge loan all by myself. I had never done anything like that in my life,” says Brodbeck, who lives in London, Ont. “I want to be a person that’s vibrant and involved, not someone who sits at home and knits.”And while it’s long been true that the people who approach 100 are mostly women, men are starting to close the gender gap, says Nora Spinks, chief executive officer of The Vanier Institute of the Family.In 2001, there were 2.3 women for every man in the 85-and-over group, Statistics Canada said Wednesday. In 2016, that ratio was down to 1.87.Spinks credits better illness detection, medical treatment and preventative care with pushing male life expectancy to increase at a slightly higher rate than that of women.But older women still live longer, and many are alone.Spinks says it’s not surprising many seniors describe feeling a newfound freedom, since it often follows a lifetime of sequential caregiving.“First you look after your kids, then you look after your parents, then you look after your spouse, then you look after your friends,” she says.“You’re taking care of others from the time you’re in your 20s — maybe late 20s, early 30s — right through to your 60s, and then all of a sudden, you get to focus on you. And for a lot of women that’s very liberating.”It’s something Bev Farrell sees everyday in her work at Third Age Outreach, a geriatric service out of St. Joseph’s Health Care in London, Ont.As a “therapeutic recreation specialist,” she helps older adults find meaningful activities such as exercise, crafts or card games.She recalls helping a widow who was foundering after a decade spent caring for her ailing husband.“She had to give herself permission to have fun, because she felt a little guilty at first.”Lebo, chair of the Toronto chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons, says one of the biggest concerns of members is the fear they will outlive their savings.Health care, housing, transit and social supports are all big concerns, but she has struggled to find steady employment since being losing her job five years ago. She finds support from older single women who share her struggles and can offer a helping hand when needed.“We’re basically looking after ourselves and helping each other,” says Lebo, who also looks after her 96-year-old mother.“I have friends who’ve said, ‘Adina, we’ll be calling you to assist us on medical things that require a second person and please call us,’ so that’s an unwritten bond.”Meanwhile, older seniors like her mother are at greater risk of spending more time alone, says Lebo, especially when illness is involved and it becomes impossible to leave the house or entertain visitors.Brodbeck’s advice, meanwhile, is the same as that she gives her children: plan ahead while you can and celebrate every stage of life.“Look to the future, don’t dwell on the past, but live every day. Because you never know what’s around the corner and that’s what my husband’s death taught me.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version inverted the ratios of women to men in 2001 and 2016.last_img read more

Become friends in Fort St John with a day at Peace Island

first_imgOrganizer Seleena Ney shares’, if anyone requires a ride to the event to contact her through the FB group and a convoy spot can also be set up too.There is an option to spend the night by tent or camper for $20 per unit with no limit to occupants in a unit.‘Become Friends – Fort St. John’ FB Page creator Seleena Ney shared the creation of the Page came when she had gotten out of a relationship. She tried an app that advertised a way to make new girlfriends yet the majority of the girls lived in Grande Prairie.Ney said, ” As an adult in FSJ, it’s really hard to meet new people unless you work somewhere with others with similar interests and around your age.”Ney goes on to share another reason she was inspired to create the group was after thinking about a coworker that recently moved to FSJ with her family and working in a small office, Ney considered there might not be a lot of resources to meet new people in town.” I’m really enjoying so far how considerate and involved people have been with this page,” said Ney and she hopes everyone who has wanted to has been able to make a new friend or two. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A recent FB Group called ‘Become Friends – Fort St. John’ has been actively facilitating ways for people to network and make friends.A day at Peace Island Park is the second group gathering which is a family-friendly potluck style event this Saturday, June 22nd, 2019 at the Peace Island Park in Taylor. Anyone can join the group to play games, meet new people and socialize.Attendees are encouraged to bring their own chairs, and any other food items to compliment the potluck and poop bags if you bring your pet along. Ney runs the page with Kirby Johnnie, who reached out to Ney right after she started the page. Recently moving to the area, Ney shares Johnnie is a great partner to work with.To keep to speed on the conversation and events of the day, follow the links posted below.To view the FB Event Page, CLICK HERETo view the FB Group, CLICK HERElast_img read more

Your neighbourhood may make you obese

first_imgMoving to a neighbourhood with a high obesity rate is likely to make a person become overweight, say researchers who suggest that your social circles can inadvertently influence your weight. “Social contagion in obesity means that if more people around you are obese, then that may increase your own chances of becoming obese,” said Ashlesha Datar, a senior economist at University of Southern California in the US. “In other words, living in a community where obesity is more common can make sedentary lifestyles, unhealthy eating and overweight or obesity more socially acceptable,” said Datar, one of the authors of the study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainObesity is linked to many factors, including eating and exercise habits, genetics and the environment. Research shows that living in certain communities carries a higher risk of obesity than living in other communities, but this association has been challenging for scientists to explain. Researchers studied military families to assess whether living in communities with greater obesity increased their own risk of being overweight or obese. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardMilitary families, they reasoned, cannot choose where they live –rather, they are assigned to installations. Some of those installations are in counties with higher rates of obesity. “We found that the families assigned to installations in counties with higher obesity rates were more likely to be overweight or obese than those assigned to installations in counties with lower rates of obesity,” Datar said. The researchers recruited families of US Army personnel at 38 military installations in the country to participate in surveys and measurements. In all, 1,314 parents and 1,111 children participated. Three-fourths of the parents and about one-fourth of the children were overweight or obese – reflective of the national rates. Researchers found that the family’s risk of obesity may increase or decrease, depending on the county obesity rate where they live. Moving to a county with a lower rate decreases the family’s chances of becoming overweight or obese. To assess whether shared environments could explain these results, the study accounted for extensive data on the food and activity opportunities in the county and neighbourhood, such as gyms and grocery stores.last_img read more

A fall to escape death turns fatal

first_imgKolkata: A crane operator at the Haldia Port died after he reportedly jumped off from his cabin to escape a fire that broke out in the crane on Saturday.It is alleged that there were no trained Disaster Management Group (DMG) personnel to deal with such kind of situations at the port. According to sources, on Saturday, around 8:30 am, a ship at the Haldia port was being loaded with coal. A mobile harbour crane was being used for the job. While doing so, somehow fire broke out in the crane. Soon, the fire started spreading on the berth number 13 where the ship was anchored. The fire brigade and port authorities were immediately informed. In the beginning, five fire tenders were pressed into action. But, as the intensity of the fire was high and the flames started spreading, five more fire tenders were sent later. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter the crane caught fire, the operator, Dravin Rai, (29) started shouting for help. He was desperately asking for help as he was stuck in the crane. To save him, some people on the ground arranged a net and spread it so that Rai could jump on it. They asked Rai to jump from the crane but as they were not trained for such situations and holding net, rescuers held the net close to the ground. When they asked Rai to jump on the net, he jumped to save himself from the fire. But the people who volunteered to help him could not hold the net tightly when he fell on it. Despite Rai jumped on the net, he hit the ground hard. As a result, he sustained serious injuries on his head and suffered multiple fractures on his body. Rai was immediately rushed to a hospital in Haldia. Later, he was further referred to a hospital in Kolkata. Though Rai was shifted quickly, but he succumbed to his injuries on Saturday night at the hospital in Kolkata. It is alleged that despite repeated requests port authorities have not taken any steps to look into the security of the workers at the Haldia Port. Employees of Haldia Port have sought concrete steps for proper safety and security of the staff.last_img read more